After reading Chapters 1-3 of Dan Gillmor’s online book I have to say that I very much agree with him.  Obviously new media has impacted our everyday lives and has changed the world of mass communication and journalism.  Gillmor writes about blogs and how they have changed the world of journalism he states “The first blogger will respond, and other bloggers may join the fray. As tools are developed to help people follow those discussion threads across different sites, the cross-fertilized conversations will spread both in numbers and complexity even more quickly than they do today.”  Camera and video on phones has also changed the world so much, for example Gillmor notes the Rodney King beatings and he states “Police everywhere must already wonder if they are being taped. Soon they will have to assume they’re being caught on digital video.”  I am not a journalism major myself, but when reading his online book it made me wonder how the more traditional newsmakers feel about the new media and the possibility of their jobs being taken away. As Gillmor stated, “Once someone finds out something, she can spread the word globally. But newsmakers need to embrace this new reality, not fight it.”  Overall Dan Gillmor’s book did a great job at explaining the impact that new media has in our lives today, and was an interesting read.

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